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"Wine: Moon Curser Vineyards 2021 Syrah
Why drink it: Syrah grows so well in the Okanagan, and Moon Curser makes an excellent wine with it. Well-balanced, savoury and bold, it has flavours of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and blueberry, with notes of cinnamon and vanilla on the nose.
Pair with: Spicy sausages, spicy red pasta sauces (arrabbiata or puttanesca, perhaps), lamb or charcuterie."
Check out Shelley Boettcher's review of Moon Curser Syrah 2021, including music pairing!
"Sure, there are long-established wineries, but they are all constantly evolving. New tasting rooms, events, wines, beer, restaurants and even art — there is always something fresh to discover in the valley.
Here’s a look at some of the cool new happenings in the Okanagan Valley in 2020.
A winery with a guest house
For a wine lover, staying at a winery can be a magical experience. This past year, the team at Moon Curser Vineyards opened The Hideout Guest House, a luxurious three-bedroom, two-bathroom suite at the winery, located near Osoyoos. The well-appointed kitchen lets you prepare your own meals and, afterward, you enjoy your meal on the patio, which overlooks the vineyards and lake. Just add a bottle or two of Moon Curser wine to complete your stay in paradise.
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"Behind every wine label, there’s a story. Some, however, are better than others.
Below I list a handful of wines featured at the recent Chef Meets BC Grape festival held in Calgary on May 7, 2019. Each wine is memorable because it’s delicious; some even won awards. And every bottle has a passionate, fun, or quirky story to share at your next dinner party or afternoon on the patio.
Moon Curser 2017 Arneis
“Moon Curser is a synonym for ’smuggler’ and is meant to reflect history of Osoyoos, the small border town in the South Okanagan where we are located,” says Beata Tolley, who is Moon Curser Vineyard’s co-proprietor.
“Back in the gold rush days, many gold seekers would travel to this area from California, looking for gold, and then try to smuggle the gold back without paying duty or taxes. Hence the concept of cursing the moon — darkness was definitely a friend when trying to cross the border.”
American artist Andrea Dezso, who specializes in hand-cut paper, mosaic and embroidery, designed the Moon Curser label illustrations. Each contains references to South Okanagan wildlife: deer, fox, even a tiny bat. “The gold pick, the mule, the saddle bags on the Arneis label all reference the gold mining and smuggling activities of days past, as does the wide swath of gold and the little gold nuggets in the corners of the front label,” adds Tolley."
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